Saturday Morning Cartoons: Work, Hair, Patriarchy

Welcome to Saturday Morning Cartoons, a segment where four artists take turns delighting you with their whimsy, facts and punchlines on Saturday mornings! Our four esteemed cartoon critters are Cameron GlavinAnna BongiovanniMegan Prazenica and Sarah Rosenblatt. Today’s cartoon is by Cameron!

Work, Hair, Patriarchy

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Cameron is an illustrator hailing from Ohio. When she’s not drawing, she’s probably very, very quietly having loud thoughts about: queer things, her eventual shop, what to watch next on Netflix, food, names for her future pets, and tumblr.

Cameron has written 76 articles for us.


  1. This is gorgeous. I love your style and the best thing is the familiar little neck-less person at the end thinking “Are you flirting? Is this weird flirting?”

    Everything is great but especially the little neck-less person. This put a smile on my face :-)

  2. Loved seeing all of your detailed pencil work when I clicked to enlarge the comic – especially the started “so anyways” behind her head in the last panel!

  3. I’m growing out my hair now, but when I had short hair in a small town, most people told me how “brave” I was. So brave.

  4. Every time this happens, I ask myself if marriage vows/contracts have an appearance clause that’s just kind of been subsumed into the rest of the words.

    “To have and to hold in sickness and in health until death do us part [or your aesthetic changes in a way that makes me feel a weird sense of entitlement over your decision to make this change because god you’re like totally different now and not still the person I married]”

    • and in former relationships too! *bonus* My ex: ‘you should have waited until i left before you cut it!’

  5. it’s nice when it works out in the positive though. I had a teacher compliment me back when I chopped all my hair off and comment that she’d always been too scared to do the same. I pep-talked her and told her she should just go for it, and a couple weeks later she came into class with a cute short bob. it felt like a win.


    I also work as server and every time I shave my undercut the chef at my restaurant asks me if I got into a fight with my barber. It was funny the first time, but 8 months later it makes me want to shave my head just to spite him. Which is silly.
    But YES work, hair, fucking patriarchy

  7. I love this, but who is the one with the husband? Ms Short Hair or Ms Long Hair? ( I can’t tell because I thought the one saying “Oh no I couldn’t, my husband would have a stroke” was Ms Shorthair?????) and then, which one is thinking the thoughts in the last cartoon panel?????

    Sorry Cameron, I love it, but I just got conflicting messages as to who was saying what. Sorry, I am making this cartoons for dummies but Please explain :):)

    • it’s color-coded. only blue text and short hair appear in first panel, therefore short hair speaking equals blue text.

        • This is confirmation that Becky’s explanation is right! I still have a lot to learn about formatting comics. Sorry for the confusion!

  8. Lovely comic – and art style, too!
    It’s so sad when people feel obligated to keep their long hair, so as to not offend a “jerkwad”.

  9. I love this! So beautiful and I definitely relate. I work retail and get those sorts of comments way too often.

  10. Other favorite interactions with strangers – “I love your short hair! I’d love to go short but my face is too fat/round/square/whatever.”

    …ummmmm thanks?

  11. Such beautiful art work! I have also had many a conversation similar to this…mostly with my client’s mothers.

  12. My mom says stuff like this all the time, and stuff about keeping her husband happy by dying her hair bleach blonde with streaks to match what passes for the “ideal Christian woman” around here.

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